A CLASSICAL pianist is helping her neighbours by donating proceeds from her latest album to their village hall fund.
Sheena Coote’s new LP, Winter Born, is primarily sold via her record label Red Admiral Records’ website.
However, the Denstone resident is making copies of the record – and her first album, Mixed Blessings – available in the Denstone village shop.
Nearly half the sale value of each unit sold in the shop will be donated to the Denstone Village Hall fund.
Mrs Coote said she was keen to ensure worthy causes were supported in the village where she lives.
She said: “I was keen to donate some proceeds from my work to the most needy cause in the village.
“I’m told the village hall fund really needs support.
“I’ve only lived here for eight months but I grew up in a similar village where villagers always needed funding to keep their community alive.
“Without the village hall, people would miss out on so many things that bring the community together, from regular Zumba classes to village productions.”
Mrs Coote’s albums consist of short pieces of music in a modern film style, with influence from 18th and 19th Century composers like Bach and Mozart.
The married mother-of-two, who is also a piano teacher, started her music career after discovering her tuneful, relaxing music could send her new-born baby off to sleep.
She said: “She just wouldn’t nod off, but I soon found my playing did the trick.
“My husband suggested I record my music so that we could play it whenever she was being restless.
“Then he said the recording was good and we should send it off to publishers.
“Luckily, the first label I approached, Red Admiral Records, loved what I did and signed me up straight away.”
Winter Born, a 10-track album, was recorded at Abbotsholme School Chapel on its impressive Steinway Grand piano.
Mrs Coote said: “The piano was so lovely and the acoustics in there really suited my music and the recording came out great.
“Other than my recordings, I like to play concerts for charity and sometimes play at places like residential homes and schools to keep residents and pupils entertained.
“My bread and butter is piano teaching, particularly for children.
“I find that, if you’re patient enough, you can really help them flourish.
“There’s something magical about seeing them improve.
“I teach people of all ages, though.
“I’ve taught a 90-year-old man before and got him up to a good standard.
“It just shows that, with a decent amount of dedication, anyone has the ability to learn to play the piano.
Further information about the artist and her music is available online at www.redadmiralrecords.com.